With its dizzying array of six trims, the Subaru Outback offers an unparalleled range of selection for the driver who wants to have it all -- or at least be able to choose from it all. Car choice: it's not just for colors anymore.
The 2015 Outback is minimally changed from the 2011 models (and if it ain't broke, why fix it?) so drivers can rely on Subaru's tried-and-true yet still fresh approach to the crossover, the class of body style that the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester helped to create.
The Outback's Handling and Safety
The Outback's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and horizontal BOXER Engine were engineered to offer a smooth, powerful and safe ride. It is notable that all Outbacks come with all wheel drive as a standard feature. The Vehicle Dynamics Control system incorporates automatic sensors to assist the driver in steering and braking in all conditions. There's also an optional rear vision camera with "guide lines" to help you park and avoid backing into unexpected obstacles. High 8.7-inch ground clearance enables the Outback to traverse even the rockiest of terrain, while six standard airbags safeguard your precious cargo of passengers. (And speaking of cargo, the Outback offers an awesome 71 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down.)
Comforts and Conveniences of the Outback
CFC-free air conditioning and cabin air filtration come standard on every Outback. So does Sirius XM satellite radio capability, so no matter how far you range off the beaten path you'll still have access to your music, news, sports and weather. Hands-free Bluetooth operation is available for four of the six Outback trims. For those who like it loud, there's an optional premium 440-watt 9-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with streaming audio, iPod connectivity and HD radio. There are leather seats, power seats, and even a power moon roof available. Finally, the array of sweet options is topped off by the optional large-screen GPS navigation system.
The Outback was originally in 1995, and is now it its fourth generation. The brand has diversified a lot since the 1990s, when actor Paul Hogan was spokesman in ad campaigns, and the marketing emphasis was mostly focused on the vehicle's rugged outdoor mystique. When it comes to redesign, the Subaru Outback continues on cruise control -- which, we're glad to report, is a seamless ride in the country, city, and all points in-between.